By LESLEY TOTH
Mille Lacs County Times
Area resident Mary Roelofs made her first court appearance this past Tuesday stemming from child abuse charges that were filed February 10 in Mille Lacs County.
Surrounded by family and friends, Roelofs appeared before Judge Vicki Landwehr who set conditional bail and released the defendant on her own recognizance. The conditions of bail require Roelofs to remain in Minnesota, keep the court apprised of her current address, remain law-abiding and have no contact with the victim, the victim’s mother and have no unsupervised contact with any minor children.
Assistant County Attorney Melissa Saterbak had at first requested zero contact with minor children. Roelofs’ lawyer, Kevin DeBoer of St. Paul, told Judge Landwehr that all foster children had been removed from the home but Roelofs makes regular contact with minor children in her intimate circle. Landwehr amended the conditions to allow for supervised contact with those children.
Roelofs has been charged with three counts of malicious punishment of a child, one count of child neglect and one count of endangerment of a child. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 13.